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Strengthening Engagement Between
the United States
the Rest of the World 


About CCGlobal

CCGlobal is a Washington D.C. based social impact consultancy that develops campaigns and initiatives to strengthen economic, cultural, and social ties between the United States and other countries.  We do this by harnessing the collective engagement of institutional and individual game changers around seminal issues and trends shaping our world.

About Our Founder

Michelle van Gilder

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Michelle is a social impact changemaker with expertise spanning program design, strategic communications, partnership-building, policy, and opinion research.   She is founder of CCGlobal and founder and interim executive director of The Africa Narrative (TAN), a  non-profit focused on supporting African creatives and amplifying the the global visibility of African cultural soft power.

Among CCGlobal's current projects include Lead with Exports, a campaign aimed at boosting the number of American exporters launching in 2024 and modeled on Lead with Languages, a campaign she conceived and spearheaded for the American Council on Foreign Languages (ACTFL) to boost foreign language education in the United States.  

Before CCGlobal, Michelle consulted on a  wide range of international initiatives that included developing the international public sector market for a Hollywood agency’s branded entertainment division; spearheading the US strategic communications strategy for a North African government; organizing a series of Latin American political communications conferences; and identifying international partnerships for a leading online competition platform for start-ups and entrepreneurs.  

Michelle was previously vice president at opinion research firm Zogby International (acquired by Gruopo IBOPE) where she oversaw the firm’s international practice, providing research and strategic communications strategies for US and foreign government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, and international media. 


Before then she served both in New York and London as vice president of Hollinger Digital, the new media arm of Hollinger International, then the world’s third largest newspaper company and owner of properties that included the UK's Daily Telegraph and The Chicago Sun-Times.   At Hollinger, she was handpicked by the Chairman and CEO to launch the development of, a joint venture between the Boots PLC and The Daily Telegraph, and what became one of the UK's largest women's websites.


Michelle started her career at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington DC think tank, as a press and communications aide in the Foreign Policy Studies department. 

She has a BA in West European Studies from the College of William & Mary. The daughter of a US diplomat and an Italian mother, she was born in Suriname, raised in France, Morocco, Lebanon, and Algeria and speaks French and Italian. She sits on the board of the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) and served on the board of the Global Film Initiative, Advisory Board of Business for Diplomatic Action, and the William & Mary Arts Entertainment Council.

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